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Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve)

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BA SCORE
82
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: froghop on 03-13-2010)
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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from South Bay Drugs, on to the beer:

A shimmer of lighter colored orange shines in the glass. Bubbles race to the top. Head retention is there to stay, clinging to the glass with a creamy lace. The nose is fine. Malts have a very bready smell. There's a snap of hop flowers as well. Not quite the "extra" I was expecting.

Kicked up in taste, that's for sure...well, at least compared to their year-round pale ale. A burst of orange hits at first. Green hop leaves all around, kisses of grapefruit, touch of ethanol-like alcohol, very light in the malt department, but shows hints of toffee. Could stand to be better balanced, but that's just me. Biscuity malts a little hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Um...it's a typical Full Sail offering. Nothing great, nothing bad. A solid beer.

DoubleJ, May 20, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured bottle to pint glass.

Very orange in color. Looks almost copper-colored. Little to no head on pour, just a slight lacing.

Smells very citrusy and floral. The taste is hard to pin down. It's kind of tart at one point, then kind of citrus flavored, then peppered almost. It's a very dry beer and leaves the mouth that way as well. Very heavy 'pale ale' flavor in terms of malt character, and probably a variety of different hops used in the brewing process at different boil times. Very bitter beer. Zing is a good word for this brew.

I wouldn't say it's exactly drinkable in terms of being close to a session beer. It's great for the 22 oz. size but that's probably as much as I would have in one sitting. The Brewmaster's Reserve designation makes this A OK in my book.

tchenery, May 16, 2010
Photo of mudbug
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper with a smallish head that dissipated quickly, aroma is astringent grassy with slight malt tones.
Taste follows the aroma with a nice bitter upfront balanced by the malt, carbonation is on the creamy side. there is a bitter aftertaste that is dry, overall a nice Pale Ale, don't get the "Extra" part as it's about the same as SNPA with slightly less hop profile, nowhere near as hoppy as Torpedo.

mudbug, May 12, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light amber color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Smells of faint hops, grain and some malt

T: Had some grass, floral notes, barely citrus and dash of hops

M: A little more than light bodied, crsip but boring

D: Not one to seek out.

barleywinefiend, May 11, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop pursuit is s clear golden color with great lacing. A bright hop aroma leads into a citrusy hop taste balanced nicely with pale malts. A very crisp and dry finish.
This is a pretty refreshing pale ale that is just shy of an IPA in hoppy flavor. A good refreshingly hoppy pale ale.

Bfarr, May 10, 2010
Photo of industrialswill
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer looks more like slightly carbonated motor oil than anything else. One look and you can see the calories in there.
Wonderful, rich smell....
Medium bitterness balanced with a caramel malt sweetness.
It's a little bit syrupy, a better way to put it would be to say it is full bodied.
Highly enjoyable, this would make a great brew for the "hop curious" drinker out there.

industrialswill, May 03, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, with some hop notes, slight citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, a little hop note, with some citrus thrown in. Medium body, the finish is dry/bitter. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all, worth checking out.

Wasatch, May 02, 2010
Photo of Inflames
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this at Safeway in Klamath Falls, OR. "Hop Pursuit that sounds like a beer for me." Maybe this is better on tap but out of the bottle I was disappointed. A fairly average pale ale is about the sum of it's character. Poured a faint orange/yellow, descent head, left an ok lace on glass. Aroma was the biggest disappointment for me, when you pick a name like this it leads me to believe I'm going to enter the garden of humulus heaven. Wrong. It is balanced so the taste is good and the ability to drink this is fair, but the lack of depth is what makes this an easy pass for me in the future. The hop pursuit continues. Sorry FS

Inflames, May 01, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle from the brewery and split it with friends. I'd agree with the label of calling this an Extra Pale Ale, especially since Summit's EPA comes to mind while drinking this. It's a bright, clear gold with a white head and smells deeply of spicy citrus hops. That flavor holds over from that aroma and it matched by a bread crust and biscuit malt backbone. This is a crisp and fun to drink pale ale. The hops are a little bit of throwback with Cascade-like character and it also comes off a bit like SNPA. Definitely worth checking out for any pale ale fan.

tempest, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy light copper with some off-white head. It smelled like orange and lemon and pine hops, with caramel malt. It tasted like grapefruit and pine hops with some caramel malt. It was somewhat thick with decent carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a fairly clean but simple scent and taste. It had a decent body and was easy enough to drink. I'm pretty sure the bottle's label called it an IPA, although Beer Advocate has it listed as an APA. Either way, it was fairly average, with nothing distinguished about it.

Pencible, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of chumba526
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The beer is translucent golden color. It pours with a one inch head of white foam. Smells strongly of flavorful grassy and citrus smelling hops but there is also a slight cheap lager smell present.
In the taste the first thing present is strong citrus grassy hop bitterness. The beer is very crisp and light due to a lack of malts: this makes the excellent hop flavor really shine. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is a bit nasty: there is a cheap lager like aftertaste. The cheap lager aftertaste sucks because the hop forward beginning is very nice. Because it is light the beer would be easy to drink a lot of. The beer also has a fair amount of carbonation. Overall it's a beer that is ok; it has some good qualities and some bad qualities.

chumba526, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of chickencoop
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Whole Foods/ Los Altos, sweet beer selection. I am biased, I like Full Sail, they were one of the first micro's back in the day and I respect them for the staying power. This is quite a drinkable beer, hoppy, but very smooth and malty mellow on the finish. At 6%, this is a poundable all day beer with some strong flavors, good stuff.

chickencoop, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber to an imperial pint glass. Had an amber color and a completely clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of pure white, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very faint aroma of hops and a little malt.

T: Tasted of hops more than anything, with traces of malt, citrus, and a grassy quality. A decent, robust flavor for an APA.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a relatively dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable beer.

avalon07, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of vkv822
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into pint glass.

The appearance is a fairly clear, golden orange color with a bubbly, slightly off-white head. The smell is very hoppy and enjoyable, with mixed notes of floral, grassy and pine. The flavor is along the same lines, with some nice floral and grassy hop notes with a good malty backing. The mouthfeel is fine, but does seem a bit thin and slightly over carbonated at times in my opinion.
Overall this is a nice beer to enjoy on a sunny spring day, and though I am happy I tried it, it probably won't be something I will feel a necessity to purchase again.

vkv822, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of unHipHopHead
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a sort of honey orange color fairly clear with a good inch of white head that leaves some nice thick lacing behind.

S: Mostly pale malt with faint hops

T: First taste is a very earthy, kind of grassy pale ale. There is some good hop flavor but not neccessarily the bitterness you might expect with the name. It is pretty hoppy for a pale ale but is still very true to the pale ale characteristics.

M: feels very refreshing and light. decent carbonation.

D: could drink a few of these, although one bomber might be enough.

unHipHopHead, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of argock
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Medium amber with 1-2 finger off-white, moderately stick head with decent retention and scattered lacing.

S: Aroms is strong with grassy and herbal hops with a light citrus note and mild pale malt sweetness

T: Flavor is also full of grassy, herbal hops with an earthy edge, kind of with an English flair to it. There are lesser citrus and pine notes. The pale malt sweetness is a bit short in supply to prop up all the hops which leads to too little body. Aftertaste is piney, astringent hops.

M: Body is a tad thin and a little watery with moderate carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but has its flaws, mainly a weak body. Not a top tier APA and barely makes the middle tier.

argock, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber bought at S.Salem Freddy's. Pretty pedestrian in appearance lighter amber with a small dirty white head. Good lace. Aroma is pleasant and pretty balanced considering the name! Hops balanced out by buiscuity malt. The taste is also balanced well buiscuity malts and lemon zesty hopping then near the end the hops spring into action with a massive fruity spicy aspect that makes one want another gulp. very nice palate..so very very drinkable. This is overall a very nice summery pale ale. Gulpable rather than sippable!

Reidrover, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Docer
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle purchased at a Plaid Pantry in Troutdale of all places. Love how this stuff just shows up in the middle of nowhere for me to buy.

- Light golden pale.... not big on head... leaves a nice thin slurry of micro bubbles floating around... almost like it poured from a cask. Clear as a bell... with only a slight haze.

- Smell is bliss.... Full Sail has a one-of-a-kind grain aroma that is certainly present... but balanced with a zingy bitter, and citrus lemon hop.... while only slightly sweetened.

- Taste is fantastic.... zingy fresh hops... bit of pine, and bitter lemon bite... nice smooth light and refreshing bready and biscuity malt while not being overly sweet.

- Light bodied, crisp... and perfectly carbonated. Leaves the palate watering for more. Perfect time of the year for this.

- Overall I am impressed with this pale. Something I wish I could brew myself all year around. This is perfectly balanced, extremely drinkable... and has Full Sail written all over it.

Docer, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of coastiefish
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into pint glass.

Pours bubbly with a finger of foamy head. Very attractive burnt orange color.

Appealing full nose of mild hops.

Biscuit up front, floral through the tongue, finishes with a citrus tang. Intense flavor in a little time- not much lingering here..a bit of the biscuit hangs around with the hops. The malt paves the way for a better balanced brew.

A smooth mouthfeel is pleasantly disrupted by the aforementioned bubbles, making it a fairly light experience.

Definitely drinkable, I appreciate that another IPA wasn't tossed into the market (brewmasters reserve from Full Sail), but rather a tame hopped pale that has a bit of complexity without being overdone.

coastiefish, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of katelovesbeer
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came from a 22oz bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Classic burnt orange IPA coloring which is interesting for this "extra pale ale", a tiny bit cloudy, nice 1/2" white head, lots of small and medium bubbles - looks great and inviting

Smell: Mellow, hoppy floral, perfumey. Quite enjoyable!

Taste: Nice balance of hops and bitterness. Up front, the hops tend to be perfumey, slightly sweet, slightly floral, slightly citrus. Well done. The body of the beer is classic pale ale dry and pleasantly bitter. It ends with an almost tangy and crisp bite that does not linger - quite refreshing! This would make a great accompaniment to a warmer spring day while sitting outside.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, which I would expect for an "extra pale ale"; the ending tangy bite gives the mouthfeel a slight pucker; feels more carbonated than others I've encountered - it's a tad different and I am enjoying it! Makes me want warmer weather...

Drinkability: Provided the weather is right (warmer, sunny, etc), it is extremely drinkable. Could be good for those who don't like bitter beers because of the sweet and light floral hops at the front.

katelovesbeer, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of BDJake
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- golden, dirty blonde with a small off white head that fades quickly

S- a bit bready and biscuity, with some citrusy floral notes

T- biscuity malt up front, followed with a bit of zesty bitterness

M- rather flat, which took away from the overall enjoyment of this beer

D- could've been better, seemed like a good beer that had been sitting out for awhile

BDJake, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of madtappers
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bootle into a tulip glass.

Cloudy golden color with tight white head. Aroma of citrus and pine hops but not too much. First taste was not what I expected a very blah taste, with a malt after taste. For the aroma this beer gives off it sure doesn't have the same taste.

I think Full Sail went the wrong direction with this beer, cause there is no "hop" pursuit in this beer.

madtappers, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of Vancoubeer
4.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Like hoppy beer but want a summer or spring refreshment? Get this. This is one of the best tasting yet laid back bres I have had in a long time. It has all the right elements needed for thirst quentch but the 6% adds a good kick. get it before its gone.

Vancoubeer, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a light orange/ gold/ yellow color. It seems to have an inner light to it.

Smells like standard Pacific North West pine and citrus hop profile, but mild.

Tastes like the flavor is dominated by those same hop qualities, yet without really being a hoppy beer.

Medium body and a quick hop bitter finish.

Overall thoughts: Seems to fall somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA. If it was hops they were in pursuit of, I'd say they didn't bag all the birds they set out shooting for. Not bad, but not special, so I'm puzzled by it's 22oz. bomber release with "Brewmaster Reserve 2010" on the label. If this is what the brewmaster reserves, then their regular offerings must be pretty tame.

dedrinker, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my large Duvel tulip, Hop Pursuit is pale orange with a big off-white head that leaves nice, scattered lace.

Smell is hoppy, some classic cascade citrus, limes, with a strong earthiness as well. Kicking it old school!

Taste is very hoppy, and quite similar to the nose regarding the cascades supporting a robust backbone of earthy nobles. There's a strong breadiness to the malt, and it's also rather phenolic as well.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is good, a pale ale with big hop flavor without extreme bitterness, and balanced by a nice malty flavor. Clean up the phenols and you'd have one of the best pale ales I've had (although on the east coast this could easily be an IPA). I give Full Sail bonus points not only for their usual value price ($4.20 a bomber in this case, from New Seasons), but also their use of locally derived, old school hops.

ccrida, Mar 13, 2010
Full Sail Hop Pursuit (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.